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Poster: jessandra Date: Dec 2, 2009 12:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: I can't part with my cassettes!

Not that I am living in the past but I just can't bring it over my heart to get rid of my old cassettes.

I was up in the attic today looking for a certain show and ended up rummaging through 3 big boxes of mostly GD tapes. My hubby got all snotty because I took so long and asked why I still had all the prehistoric crap. "Come on - you can get them all in digital format now" he says.

Well, I do have most of them (not all) on cd now and but I just can't throw them out. Some of these have played nights and nights on end in hotel rooms or camp sites all over North America and I lugged them all the way to my new home in Europe in the early 90s.

Am I being silly? They’ll never be worth anything, except sentimentally, and I doubt my kids, being of the high-tech generation, are ever going to be interested in them ...

Does anyone else have the same situation or am I just a little eccentric?


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Poster: vapors Date: Dec 2, 2009 1:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I can't part with my cassettes!

Bring them down from the attic, build a shelf unit, and display them proudly! Well, perhaps that won’t fly with the other residents? I probably have more music on disc than I could listen to in my remaining days, but those cassettes stand for something dear, even if they mostly serve as a conversation piece today. I spent countless hours digitizing them and burning to cd before getting internet and finding this place. Sentimental? For sure, but my kids respect and admire that…

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Dec 2, 2009 12:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I can't part with my cassettes!

I'm an antique on this board since most of my Dead shows are still on tape. For pre-'75 I think my collection is half-tape, half-CD. I still have new Maxells, too....

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Poster: wineland Date: Dec 2, 2009 1:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I can't part with my cassettes!

I was the same way. During a garage sale a young hippy looking couple was buying stuff for their new apartment. I asked the music they were into, guessing our musical tastes were similar. We'd been to some of the same shows and they were confirmed post-Jerry Deadheads. They looked around and I got to thinking. When they paid for all their stuff I told them to hold on, that I had a gift for them. I brought back three wooden Napa Valley tape racks filled with my best 300 GD & JBG shows. Then went back inside and got three boxes of the other cassettes: GD, JGB, Phish, WSP, Hendrix, Floyd, Arlo Gutherie, Clapton, Branford Marsalis, etc... They were overjoyed. Ecstatic. It felt so good to 'miracle' my tapes to someone who would treasure them with the loving care I had. I saw her once again, a couple months later, working at a grocery store. She recognized me and thanked me for all the good tunes. She said she told all her friends and they were blown away that the treasure chest of tapes she came across. I should note that I did pull out 6.22.73 Vancouver BC, 10.20.74 Winterland, and 2.26.77 Swing because they had sentimental value and were of high quality.

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Poster: mush72 Date: Dec 2, 2009 2:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I can't part with my cassettes!

A bunch of years ago, I'd gone from cassette to DAT, so didn't figure I'd have need for over 100 XX-gen tapes that I had sitting around. Came across another Deadhead in town that was interested in them, so I passed them on...wall rack and all.

A few months go by, another friend ended up meeting the guy that I gave the tapes to. My friend looks at the collection and says, "Man, that looks like my friend Mush's handwriting."

Gone are the days that I've written a j-card out. Definitely had good handwriting then. My handwriting looks like crap now.

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Poster: edgehead 2 Date: Dec 2, 2009 2:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I can't part with my cassettes!

I hear ya. I've been listening to shows on tape for the last 30 years (I literally started collecting boots when I was 10- what can I say, I really liked Deep Purple...). The truck I’ve owned for a while only has a tape player. However, I just bought a new vehicle that, of course, doesn't have a tape player. I haven't gotten rid on a single tape yet. I think I’ll just bury them in the yard like a time capsule. e

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Poster: TitoBack Date: Dec 2, 2009 6:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I can't part with my cassettes!

Jeesandra...since i assume you are a woman, trust me, posting here these deperate losers will tell you whatever you want to hear...not one told you to get rid of them....dude, get rid of them, you dont now and never will listen to them...throw them away.

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Poster: jung_le_rot Date: Dec 2, 2009 7:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I can't part with my cassettes!

Have a weekend tomato mushroom orgy in your stiletto heels and spandex. What ever survives donate to your local Jr high school rummage sale.

Don't get to take photos of old cassettes in-progress for new your CD covers.

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Poster: jessandra Date: Dec 2, 2009 12:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I can't part with my cassettes!

Glad to hear I'm not the only one :-) !

I also have over 200 and most are still playing well. I played them in the car too until I finally got a cd player about 2 years ago. They have been pretty much in storage since then although occaisionally I do get an urge to listen to one or another. I guess I miss the 'blurbs' on my newer digital versions :-)

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Poster: Mosquito Date: Dec 2, 2009 2:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I can't part with my cassettes!

I'm a packrat but I wouldn't get rid of them until I verified there were public copies of them and they'd found their next loving home. :)

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Poster: jessandra Date: Dec 2, 2009 11:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I can't part with my cassettes!

I also have several tapes that I haven't found digitalized yet - thus the excursion to the attic in the first place.

I took so long, firstly, because the one I was looking for was at the bottom of the 3rd box but, secondly, because I was quite enjoying going through them all and looking at the old GD Tape insert cards with Stealies, turtles, skeltons and 'We are Everywhere' stickers etc. (and yes, my handwriting was very nice back then too before a keyboard stole my writing skills :-)

Remember those?

A comment by one daughter last week when we were talking about an event before she was born - she said, "Oh you mean back in the Middle Ages?" We just laughed and said yes, about 20 years ago!

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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Dec 3, 2009 12:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I can't part with my cassettes!

"The Middle Ages" Ha! That's funny! I recently had to part with my tape collection plus my old Nakamichi Dragon tape deck that I couldn't get parts for anymore. It broke my heart to part with them.
I only kept one cassette, a tape of 9/19/70 that David Gans made for me one time. It was a miracle tape to me. I made so many copies of that tape for others that I lost count. I was almost on a "Middle Ages" crusade to circulate that tape. I was set out to "get medieval" on people to pass along that Dark Star>St. Stephen>NFA>Lovelight.

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Poster: jessandra Date: Dec 2, 2009 1:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I can't part with my cassettes!

You've all convinced me to keep these. I still have tape decks and they are so very special to me.

The idea with the shelves is good and I actually have a little room left on a wall in our music room. Hubby has his (silly) collections also so he won't give me too much trouble :-) !

Our next project is to digitalize all our LPS. Certainly not getting rid of those! The kids overheard us when we were talking about getting a new record player with USB and ask us what a 'record' was. They do know what cassettes are but I had to laugh when I realized we have hundreds of LPS and they have never seen them.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Dec 2, 2009 2:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I can't part with my cassettes!

Well, depends on what you want to do with them...use them lovingly til they die, that's the way to go.

But, if any show is worth keeping, and I had a few that are NOT available, then by all means get them in the hands of the New Age techno Spartans running about the household, and get them converted to digital for historical purposes...then use them as you see fit.

It is getting harder and harder to find cars with tape decks, and not to mention home units, so do be cautious about where you play them (ie, very old units).

They will wear out eventually; Maxell, yep--I have a bunch of unopened ones myself.

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Poster: DianaW Date: Dec 2, 2009 2:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I can't part with my cassettes!

I wouldn't assume your kids - or future generations - will never have any interest in them, either. Absolutely keep them.

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Dec 2, 2009 2:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I can't part with my cassettes!

My 16 year old daughter asked me what all the giant CD thingies in the garage were, I had to give her a brief lesson on LPs and Vinyl.

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Poster: Finster Baby Date: Dec 2, 2009 3:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I can't part with my cassettes!

Yeah, I had to give that lesson to my kids too! only difference was, they saw the turntable and asked what the heck is that thing???

Oh..you used to use those back in the olden days?? AARRHH!!

Still have alot of my cassettes, although I never listen to them any more. Still have most of my albums too!! Really miss those. Cover art really went downhill when cds came around. Rarely listen to the albums much anymore,but I'm keeping them for the covers if nothing else!!

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Dec 2, 2009 3:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I can't part with my cassettes!

very hard to separate seeds and stems on a cd cover (i know, i shouldn't have that problem anymore...)

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Poster: DianaW Date: Dec 2, 2009 2:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I can't part with my cassettes!

Well, my 16 year old insists those ancient things are actually very hip now.

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Dec 2, 2009 3:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I can't part with my cassettes!

I was actually thinking of buying one of those cheap 'suitcase' style recordplayers so I could play some of the old scratchy albums for the kids.

http://maisonconnoisseur.com/portable_record_players.html

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Poster: tigerbolt Date: Dec 2, 2009 12:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I can't part with my cassettes!

still have over two hundred tapes that has survived
tours and many moves.lots of maxell points also.also
have a box of unopen maxell tapes that i order from
terrapin tapes,anyone remember them?

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Poster: dogsinapile! Date: Dec 3, 2009 4:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I can't part with my cassettes!

Max Points. Haven't thought of them in a long time. That used to be my "fee" for copying shows for people. I would keep their Max points. It seemed like a good idea at the time and no one ever complained that I got to keep the points. Maybe they knew more than me because I can't recall anything I ever got redeeming those points. Maybe a few blank cassettes?

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Poster: TOOTMO Date: Dec 2, 2009 1:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I can't part with my cassettes!

Do you know any locked-up heads? Cassettes are the thing in the bighouse, apparently.

http://www.8-track-shack.com/blog/inmate-cassette-tapes-from-8-track-shack-com/

These guys will copy a cd of yours onto a cassette for $20 and then mail it for $2.50. There's probably a fee for the tape itself since they modify the shells.

If you have no sympathy for the prison population, you might try a charity that works in the less-developed countries of the world.

Or, if you are artsy: http://bored-night.com/index.php/Weird/Cassette-Tape-Life-Size-Skeleton.html

Just some thoughts,
TOOTMO

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Poster: spring mountain high Date: Dec 3, 2009 6:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I can't part with my cassettes!

about a hundred or so in a 'tape case' in the basement, right next to the dusty sony cassette player...i have a boom box with a cassette player...i listened to 1/10/70(?) a few years ago...hard to throw them away

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Poster: Solo Head Date: Dec 3, 2009 6:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I can't part with my cassettes!

Don't you dare throw those tapes (masters) away. Store them safely and pass them down to your future generations. You never know if technology takes a crap and your out of luck.

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Poster: cracked my spine Date: Dec 3, 2009 7:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I can't part with my cassettes!

I sold my whole stash to some idiot fool back in 2000 when I realized I'd soon be able to replace them via the net.Now I need to find a chump who wants to buy my DVDs so I can get more externals.

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Poster: daliguana Date: Dec 2, 2009 1:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I can't part with my cassettes!

I had a box of tapes that survived and recently I gave them to a friend who still has a 'rockin' stereo' that includes a tape deck. I've not had a tape deck for going on a decade now. That friend was not a deadhead, but he is now!

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Poster: truckin52073 Date: Dec 3, 2009 6:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I can't part with my cassettes!

I too still have a big ol' box of tapes that I can't part with. Every year when I do my annual spring cleaning I come across them and think maybe I should toss them out or something. I just can't seem to get rid of them. I don't know about you, but I think part of it is, is that it took me a long time to acquire them and met a lot of cool people along the way when I was trading. And they do carry many good memories for me. Remember waiting for the mail man to come and hoping that he would be dropping off "something" in bubble wrap?

During my annual cleaning, I usually end up taking a few weeks and listen to random shows. If you are going to keep them I would suggest that you break them out every once in a while and run them through the tape deck, fast forward and then rewind. It will keep the tape from sticking to itself.

There are certainly advantages to our digital age, in that you can download a show in a matter of minutes, I do like that. But I have to admit that sometimes I miss the "good old days" when you had to know someone and of course the whole social aspect of trading.

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Dec 2, 2009 1:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I can't part with my cassettes!

grateful-dead-tapes-cassette-collection.jpg

Tape Trading The Old Fashioned Way

grateful-dead-tapes-6-73-vault-reels.jpg

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Poster: agl89 Date: Dec 2, 2009 1:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I can't part with my cassettes!

Yup, gotta bunch too. My wife asks me every year if this is the year I get rid of them. She hates seein the boxes in the basement (she likes the dead though). I have an international box truck (work truck) with a cassette player in it - so I gotta bunch in there. I had swing auditorium 77 stuck inside for about two months until I finally pryed it out. 1 down about two hundred more to go!

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Poster: hippie64 Date: Dec 2, 2009 1:38pm
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I recently bought an old beater of a car ( I usually buy one for winter travel so as not to bust up the mustang in a ditch) and took one of my favorite shows (on CD) and made a cassette for the tape deck, I almost forgot what a tedious process making tapes was. Maxell tapes rule !

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Dec 2, 2009 12:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I can't part with my cassettes!

Have hundreds and still play many as my car has a cassette player. Now, those 8-tracks are another story. In a gadda CLICK vida baby.